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A song for Sandy Hook

Corona del Mar family creates musical tribute to raise money for Connecticut community rocked by school massacre one year ago.

December 13, 2013|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • Helena, left, and Maxx Solomonian recorded "Some Things Forever," a Sandy Hook tribute song, for the anniversary of the tragedy, which happened one year ago.
Helena, left, and Maxx Solomonian recorded "Some… (Don Leach, Daily…)

"Hi, Mommy!"

"Hi, baby, how ever are you?"

"Oh, in heaven, everything is fine. There's no pain, sickness, sadness. What about on Earth?"

"Well, there's all of that and we miss you terribly."

"I miss you too, Mommy, but please smile for me. I see you every day. I have a pony and I am in charge of watering the old man's garden."

If any of the 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School students who lost their lives last year were able to talk to their mothers, that's how the conversation would sound. Or so, Helena Ainsley Solomonian, 7, believes.

The second-grader at Harbor View Elementary School in Corona del Mar teamed up with her brother, Maxx Henry, 10, and their father, Patrick, and his girlfriend, Sara Henderson, to create "Some Things Forever (A Sandy Hook Tribute)." The song — an effort to honor the 26 people who were gunned down in Connecticut last Dec.14 — was released Wednesday, just in time for the first anniversary of the shootings on Saturday.

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The group hopes that people will purchase the track on iTunes and download it on Spotify and elsewhere, helping to reach the goal of raising $1 million by Christmas, one dollar at a time, for the Newtown community.

In August, Patrick was seated in Los Angeles-based Westlake Recording Studios — where heavy hitters such as Madonna, Men at Work and Michael Jackson have played — when inspiration struck. The longtime musician penned the tribute, contributed guitar, bass and more, and enlisted his children's help.

"This year, we decided to give instead of get," said Maxx, a blossoming drummer who added percussion to the song as well as vocals, along with Helena.

A love for music runs deep in the light gray Solomonian-Henderson home with its bright red door. Inside is a litany of instruments from a keyboard to a ukulele. A Christmas tree, on which a forlorn-looking owl hangs, and a Super Mario-themed wind chime share the space with autographed pictures of noted guitarist Steve Morse and Australian musician Orianthi.

When Maxx received news about the Sandy Hook tragedy from his father, he was stunned.

"I felt like that was a really stupid thing to do," he said. "That guy didn't look cool at all. He looked like he was going to go off and bomb Disneyland or something."

Although the curly-haired siblings both called the shooting "sad," that may be one of the few things they agree on. Their individual natures are clear to see.

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